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Welcome to Colombia
Our project was founded by Victor in 2009 and has slowly grown until the quarantine hit us all. Though at the time of writing this we have yet to recover from the quarantine we have big plans. Ethan, who met Victor while traveling South America joined the management in 2020. Ethan is a gringo from Chicago but has been living abroad for the majority of his adult life. With the addition of Ethan, we are expanding our volunteer program as well as our professional ambitions. We welcome long term volunteers that would like to help with English but also potentially other parts of the business. Shorter term volunteers (2 weeks) are also welcome but they will concentrate on English exchange.
Pitalito is a small city in the middle of mountains with lots of coffee farms in the area. San Augustine and multiple locations for outdoor enjoyment can be found in the area. Pitalito is also big enough to support fun nightlife when it is allowed. As we emerge from the quarantine, we are situating the housing for volunteers. Victor has a small plot of land outside of Pitalito surrounded by beautiful coffee farms. At any one time we also have an apartment or house that we rent for volunteers. We require that volunteers come in with an easy going mindset. This is the developing world and in some cases labor is cheaper than buying food for volunteers. We will do our best to make sure you enjoy yourselves as you help us in the process.
Some things that we can help arrange, especially for longer term volunteers are; Spanish classes with our teachers, cycling routes, dance classes, Jui-Jitsu, coffee farm tours and any tourist activity that you can read about.
Feel free to write us with any questions.
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Spanish practice with trained teachers,
discover our beautiful rivers, landscapes, mountains, waterfalls,
go horse-ridding, (if you travel to Puerto Rico)
visit coffee farms,
learn to salsa (and other forms of colombian dance)
This may be unlike other Workaway opportunities you have experienced. We like to have our volunteers take an active part in planning their experience. We have a list of things we would like help with, most days the volunteer will be able to choose what they wish to help with. There are some days however that we need help with a specific activity and we would like the volunteers to remain flexible.
The overall idea of the volunteer program is to bring the English language to students from backgrounds that likely can't afford to study abroad. We do our best to immerse our students in the English language in a natural setting. In many ways you will be working without knowing it, so enjoy your stay and have fun. We ask in general for 4 hours of work, though some days this will be completely on your terms and your schedule.
Beyond English, we want to excite the students about the possibilities of travel and the world beyond small city Colombia but we do need native English speakers, or extremely fluent speakers with a very light accent.
The following is a short list of common activities we ask the volunteers to do;
1. Work on the creation and editing of English documents for the school
2. Make new English practice activities for the website.
3. Help with teacher lesson plans and material creation.
4. Small group informal English practice.
5. Assist with Teachers English improvement.
6. Promotion of the school. Be seen in public and show that we have native speakers
7. Work in English immersion camps (this is part of the school expansion program and may not always be available.
8. Local community outreach
9. Help with school organization
10. Help keep the volunteer house clean and stocked
11. Give us your ideas and help us grow
12. Assist with the student scholarship program
13. Play an active role in the volunteers journey.
****Long term volunteers may be asked to play an active role in supporting other volunteers.
Semi-Private room (sometimes there will be two people in the same bedroom)
Basic food items available to volunteers, in most cases the volunteers prepare meals independently or as a group.
Kitchen available to be used
Bicycle (depending on availability)
Gym, supermarkets and restaurants near by
Public transport and sometimes personal transport by owners
Clothes washing facilities available close by or in house (depending on availability)
The apartment is located in Pitalito, though more rural accommodation may be available if preferred.
You can fly from Bogota to Pitalito (1 30 hour) or take the bus from bogota to neiva and then to Pitalito (8 hours) . The weather here is nice and temperate. the company bus is COOTRANSHUILA or COOMOTOR.
Pitalito has approximately 150,000 inhabitants. It is considered the largest producer of coffee in Colombia, thus the town has become a notable coffee-growing area within Colombia. On several occasions it has been awarded with the "Cup of Excellence" for producing the best coffee in the country.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This is possible, but the digital nomad must be flexible in finding a location. We often have an open classroom but depending on the time it may not always be available. We have the best internet connection available, however it is not always perfect. A digital nomad that commonly uses online meetings may find it frustrating however, doing online research would likely be fine.
This is an option but please confirm. Victor the founding owner has a small plot of land that has space. But this is down a long dirt road and would take some coordination because it is about 5 miles from the school.
Make sure to confirm, there is often a solution but only in the right situation. We are constantly upgrading and altering the living quarters. Ethan, one of the owners has a big dog that may find other dogs challenging.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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